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Album Review

Uptown Festival was Shalamar's first album, but Disco Gardens was Shalamar's first worthwhile album. To say that there was a world of difference between the two might be an understatement. Much of Uptown Festival had a robotic, impersonal quality, and it was obviously the work of a manufactured studio act. But when Shalamar introduced its Jody Watley/Jeffrey Daniels/Gerald Brown lineup on its second album, Disco Gardens, it started feeling like an honest-to-God group with a real identity. This decent-to-excellent album had a pearl of a hit single in "Take That to the Bank," and almost as appealing are the irresistibly funky "Tossin', Turnin', Swingin'" (which should have been a hit single as well) and the catchy "Shalamar Disco Gardens." Although Howard Hewett had yet to join the group, Shalamar had developed a recognizable soul-pop sound. Disco Gardens turned out to be Brown's only album with Shalamar, and in 1978, the arrival of his replacement, Mr. Hewett, would be the icing on Shalamar's cake.

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Take that to the bank

take that to the bank really is the only noteworthy track on this lp,BUT it was and still is one of my favorite shalamar tracks ever,Gerald Brown pour his soul into the track,this tune still gets me moving and it's been on my ipod from day one,,,,peace
Hector V.

THANK YOU,ONE OF THE BEST ALBUMS ON EARTH !!!!!!!!!!!!

W O W NO WORDS THE BEST

Biography

Formed: 1976 in Chicago, IL

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

Shalamar was the creation of Dick Griffey, the booking agent for the television R&B program Soul Train, and British R&B producer Simon Soussan. The group's first single, the 1977 Motown medley "Uptown Festival," featured a bevy of faceless studio musicians; once it became a hit, Griffey decided to form a performing group under the name Shalamar. Through Soul Train, Griffey found Jody Watley, Jeffrey Daniels, and Gerald Brown, the three vocalists that became Shalamar; Brown was quickly replaced by...
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